The one-and-done shot will boost vaccination rates

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On Friday, April 23, U.S. health officials lifted an 11-day pause on COVID-19 vaccinations using Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot after scientific advisers decided its benefits outweigh the risks of a rare blood clot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that since resumption, the J & J vaccine remains popular over the mRNA vaccines because it requires just one shot. “Anecdotally, what I hear is that people only want to have to do it once,” Christopher Ave of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health is quoted as saying. …


Her contributions to the advancement of testing for diabetes from test tubes and water bath to test strips

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In my undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory in the 1960s, we used a freshly prepared Fehling’s solution as a test to differentiate monosaccharides or simple sugars such as glucose and fructose from disaccharides (sucrose or common sugar). When glucose or fructose solutions are added to Fehling’s solution and heated, a red-orange precipitate is formed. A solution of sucrose will not result in a color change. The chemical reaction is the reduction of blue copper (II) ions to red copper (I) ions. The ChemDemos site¹ of the University of Oregon provides detailed instructions to conduct the Fehling test. In the 1980s when…


Fact-checking the Republican’s response to President Biden’s speech

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President Biden addressed the joint session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28. He opened his speech by remarking on the historic moment taking place with two women standing behind him for the first time, saying, “Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President. No president has ever said those words from this podium, and it’s about time.” He outlined an ambitious, active role for the government to continue helping Americans still recovering from the ravages of the pandemic. He unveiled a $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill, aptly named the American Jobs Plan. In addition to roads and bridges, he had included spending on broadband…


And how it will differ from Trump’s first address to Congress

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President Biden’s address to the joint session of the Congress tonight at 9:00 Eastern will be a historic event in many aspects. Joe Biden is the oldest and the most experienced president to address the joint session in his first year in office. He will be flanked on either side of the daïs by two women, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris. This event takes place a bit later than the first addresses by his immediate predecessors. The delayed date allows Biden to update the public on his administration’s work over the last three months.

To paraphrase what…


A “double mutant” coronavirus variant, considered more transmissible and resistant to vaccines, is another contributing factor

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India now leads the world in the number of new coronavirus cases reported: a record number of 346,786 new infections and 2,624 deaths on April 23. On graphs, India’s sudden spike shoots straight up like a wall, rather than a rising curve. A CNN headline proclaimed on April 21 that India’s second Covid wave is like a ‘tsunami.’ The CNN story quotes Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy in New Delhi, “There’s no oxygen. A hospital bed is hard to find. It’s impossible to get a test. …


The Biden Relief Plan will lift millions of Americans out of poverty and provide relief to unemployed workers

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President Biden signed into law his American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 on Thursday, March 11, 2021. With a price tag of $1.9 trillion, this coronavirus relief plan will send direct payments to millions of Americans, strengthen a wide range of social programs, and step up investment in vaccine distribution. Much of the plan’s economic relief is administered through the tax code in direct payments, expanded child tax credit, and earned income tax credit.

An earlier story published on Medium when the Senate passed the bill can be found at the end.

Several items in this relief package have…


The legislation represents one of the most generous expansions of aid to the poor

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President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed the Senate Saturday, March 6, with zero support from Republicans. The Senate Democrats had to overcome Republican efforts to drag out the process first by reading the entire 628 pages of the bill aloud and then defeat a series of amendments that lasted through Friday night into Saturday. The legislation represents one of the most generous expansions of aid to the poor. It will send thousands of dollars to low and middle-income families who have suffered through the coronavirus pandemic. The relief bill will also include a massive boost for small businesses…


We could not have stopped the virus from reaching our shores; we could have prevented many from dying

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On Monday, February 22, the U.S. reached a grim milestone. The coronavirus-related deaths surpassed 500,000 in a pandemic that has lasted almost a year. It is like losing the whole population of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The same evening, President Biden participated in a moment of silence, standing by 500 lighted candles outside the White House portico, joined by first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. A month ago, on the eve of their inauguration, the president-elect and the vice president-elect stood with their spouses at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on the National…


Thirst for cheap energy, corporate greed, and the laissez-faire policies of the Republican governments all contributed to the debacle

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The power outage that crippled most of Texas for the better part of last week started with the arctic cold created by a Polar Vortex that engulfed most of the U.S., killing at least 58 people, more than half of whom Texas residents. States like Texas with milder winters were caught off guard, which led to a massive spike in energy demand and a considerable drop in available electricity as the infrastructure around natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind energy froze up. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), is the agency tasked with getting power from producers and supplying…


How the Democrats can take advantage of the disarray in the Republican party

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For five days in February 2021, the nine House impeachment managers led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD), a former constitutional law professor, did a superb job piecing together the “Big Lie” perpetrated by the former President that the Democrats stole the election. Trump incited his MAGA supporters to march to the Capitol on January 6, who then desecrated the chambers and vandalized the offices. The managers’ presentation to the Senate’s 100 jurors included never-before-seen videos, audios, and visualizations. They created a timeline of the insurrection that resulted in five deaths, including a police officer. They proved their case that Trump…

Dr. Zach Zachariah

Ph.D. chemist with an M.B.A. | Enrolled Agent | Writes on science | economy | taxes | public interest topics | American politics | Indian-Americans | COVID-19

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